Cost-effectiveness of an internet-delivered treatment for substance abuse: Data from a multisite randomized controlled trial

In Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Sean Murphy and colleagues, including Daniel Polsky investigate the cost-effectiveness of an internet-based intervention for the treatment of substance use disorders. The authors analyzed the cost-effectiveness of the Therapeutic Education System (TES), an internet-based version of the community reinforcement approach with contingency management. They find that usual treatment paired with TES cost the provider an additional $278 over 12 weeks. While quality-adjusted life years did not differ between groups, the combination of TES and the usual treatment was found to be cost-effective for certain subsets of providers and payers.